I have made a fair amount of progress over the past few weeks and thought it was time for an update.
The first pic here shows the new CNC cut fittings for the Control Module.
I want to thank Jeff LaRue for helping me out with some of the finer details for the discharge and suction grates.
Jeff's fine photo etch parts which he sells for the 1/96th scale boats was just to small for these fine hole details.
We both thought even at 1/48th scale might not work but as you can see...it worked fantastic.
In order to drill holes at roughly the size of a human hair, I had to dig deep into the net to find these type of drills.
I got lucky and found a site which specializes in these type of micro drills made for PCB board work.
I bought 3 of them and loaded one into the CNC and crossed my fingers.
I was able to get these right on the first try without breaking the bit.
I am just amazed that a big machine like this can drill and mill such a delicate piece....just amazing.
Also hot out of the machine shop facility is the outer hull for the Control Module!
The fit to the aft section mated just as designed.
Now it is time to finish up the milled exterior detail parts and then move into the inside with the WTC for this section.
Lot's to do....